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15 January 2016 @ 12:36 am
FFS, 2016  
I am not best pleased with the decline in the number of golden-voiced British men this year.

The Independent tweeted this link in a bid to raise spirits: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/alan-rickman-admits-editing-terrible-script-with-friends-in-pizza-hut-behind-backs-of-writers-on-10185726.html I find the whole scene so incredibly easy to imagine. Though I was never lucky enough to see Rickman perform live, I saw him talk about his performances at several pressers and Q&As and he was unfailingly delightful: courteous but sparky and not afraid to gently tell people that they were perhaps missing several essential points, such as writers being interested in words, actors being interested in writing, and women being people.

And, a fave Rickman moment on film:

While his Snape was unforgettable, his every performance was astonishing (admittedly the eyes very open variety in Robin Hood and Die Hard, but brilliantly mad in both) and his decency shone.

I know that we are all mortal, but it is more than a bit crap to see horrible people live seemingly forever while the talented and lovely ones go too soon.
excentric397excentric397 on January 14th, 2016 01:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, crap. I'm reading this and thinking, "What, did he die? No." So I googled. Darn. I read about Bowie three days ago in this very same blog. Stop it already! I am crushed. He is one of my most favorite ever actors. Truly, Madly, Deeply. One of my all-time favorite films. I am heartbroken.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 14th, 2016 02:08 pm (UTC)
It really feels as though the last year has been all, in both world news and my personal life, thoroughly decent lovely and talented people who have died too soon. Just crap.

Sorry. I'll try to get some video of the cats doing something silly and post that!

PS and yes! Amazing film with an astonishing performance!

Edited at 2016-01-14 02:09 pm (UTC)
excentric397excentric397 on January 14th, 2016 02:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah, cats are good. I have one of those. She is cute. She makes me smile. I feel worse about this than I even did about Bowie. I loved Alan Rickman. Seriously, this needs to stop, world.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 14th, 2016 02:28 pm (UTC)
It really does need to stop.
excentric397excentric397 on January 14th, 2016 02:14 pm (UTC)
One of the first (maybe the first) thing I remember seeing him in was An Awfully Big Adventure. The ending was so sad. I remember thinking, "No, no, no." That's how I feel now. His poor wife. I guess they'd been together for 50 years. Interesting how some things affect you, people you've never even met. Sad day.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 14th, 2016 02:28 pm (UTC)
Another excellent film. I think you put the finger on why things like this are hard: we know he had a family who he loved deeply and who loved him. We lose the brilliant performances and the public wit, but we also feel deep sorrow for the knowledge they have lost an essential part of what made them 'them'. And almost all of us can connect to that. It's why we all had eyes full of tears as Snape mourned Lily and as Juliet Stevenson's character let him go. But at least there, we could say it was only a performance. Not this time.
excentric397excentric397 on January 14th, 2016 02:48 pm (UTC)
Life is hard sometimes. We may not know the people personally, but it's just good to know they are out there somewhere, doing what they do. And now he isn't. Sad.
pir8fancier on January 14th, 2016 03:26 pm (UTC)
Much sadness.
welcome to villa cariño!capitu on January 14th, 2016 07:46 pm (UTC)
The bf and I would always tell each other his line from Galaxy Quest: By Grabthar's hammer, by the suns of Worvan, you shall be avenged. He was so funny there. He was amazing.
connorblondconnorblond on January 14th, 2016 08:34 pm (UTC)
Yeah, plus this is too eerily familiar with them both being 69 and dying from cancer. Wah!
alisanne: Ali_eyealisanne on January 14th, 2016 09:31 pm (UTC)
Too soon for sure.
Enough of this. Cancer needs to fuck off. :(
Anwynanthraxia on January 14th, 2016 10:28 pm (UTC)
I saw he'd died, and in a side bar on the same page was a link to an article saying Rupert Murdoch has just gotten engaged to Jerry Hall. All I could think of was "seriously? Seriously? Is this some fucked-up cosmic plot?"
I don't really do New Year's resolutions, but I changed my mind this year - I'm going to acquire a copy of every Motorhead album, every Bowie album, and every Rickman film I can. And then I am going to enjoy the hell out of them!
Fanartist in trainingkath_ballantyne on January 15th, 2016 01:41 am (UTC)
anna_wing on January 15th, 2016 10:55 am (UTC)
I saw him on stage in "Les Liaisons Dangereuses". It was like being hit on the head with the world's sexiest brick.

Edited at 2016-01-15 10:56 am (UTC)
napchicnapchic on January 15th, 2016 10:51 pm (UTC)
I will now hug you based on this comment alone.
Please forgive the intrusion, but it's out of my hands.
anna_wing on January 16th, 2016 10:02 am (UTC)
Thank you. Always nice to have a bon mot appreciated.
napchicnapchic on January 15th, 2016 10:57 pm (UTC)
Beautiful, excellent, thoughts

Fuck cancer.
Please save our iconic touchstones/irreplaceable human talents for last.
Go pick on someone horrid.
Jaeenchanted_jae on January 16th, 2016 05:41 pm (UTC)
I know that we are all mortal, but it is more than a bit crap to see horrible people live seemingly forever while the talented and lovely ones go too soon.

Guh, that is EXACTLY what I thought, too! People like Howard Stern and Rush Limbaugh are still being bombastic asshats, while wonderful, beloved celebs like Bowie, Rickman, and Natalie Cole have recently passed. Maddening.